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Weekly SNAC, 8 July 2018 - SNAC YOUTH Glorifying God

Over Term 2, SNAC YOUTH joined with our Gospel Teams and Kid’s Church in looking at our St George North Vision statement. Over Term 2, SNAC YOUTH joined with our Gospel Teams and Kid’s Church in looking at our St George North Vision statement. 

It has been a great to joy to think about how we might glorify God in the context of SNAC YOUTH and in the wider SNAC family.

Here are some of the things we have done together:

  • A series of talks on Glorifying God, Proclaiming Jesus, Serving Together and Growing Disciples that clearly captured what we are on about and what that  means for us at SNAC YOUTH.
  • Seminars that allowed us to explore in detail how we can put Proclaiming Jesus, Serving Together and Growing Disciples into practice. It was particularly encouraging to see so much engagement and collaboration from our youth as they worked hard to grapple with these ideas.
  • A series of segments where we heard from 6:30 Church members on how they seek to glorify God in line with the SNAC Vision. These segments were super encouraging and provided a great opportunity for our youth to see real and tangible examples of Christian young adults living as servants of Jesus.

Please join me in praying that our youth would continue to glorify God will all of their lives, and continue to grapple with what that looks like for them as individuals and together as SNAC YOUTH.          

Brendan Moar

Weekly SNAC, 1 July 2018 - Praying for our church

One of my hopes for our gospel team studies this term, is that we would all be encouraged in our prayerfulness for our church. We were reminded in our study of 1 Cor 3, that God is the one who brings the growth - and so it’s only right that we’re committed to praying that He would grow us together to be more like Jesus. This is the reason I have been sending out weekly emails with prayers written by people across the parish. One of my hopes for our gospel team studies this term, is that we would all be encouraged in our prayerfulness for our church. We were reminded in our study of 1 Cor 3, that God is the one who brings the growth - and so it’s only right that we’re committed to praying that He would grow us together to be more like Jesus. This is the reason I have been sending out weekly emails with prayers written by people across the parish. 

However, as this term comes to a close, it’s worth thinking about how you continue (or start!) some good habits in praying for your church. Here are a couple of suggestions you could try:

1. Download Prayermate on your smartphone – This is a free ‘app’ that will help you manage the different things that you would like to be praying for each day. If you use the prayermate app, you can subscribe to our SNAC prayer feed which will give you suggestions of what you could be praying for our church that day.

2. As an alternative to downloading prayermate, you can receive these prayer points in an email. You can choose to receive an email each day or once per week. If you’re interested, please email Kevin for more details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. Set an alarm on your phone for Saturday night (or some other time) to pray for your congregational meeting the next day. Pray for the preaching of God’s word, the encouragement of each member and that God would bring newcomers.

4. Make a point of speaking to someone from your gospel team each Sunday and asking what you can pray for them. If you choose a different person each week, you’ll be able to ask your whole group. You can either pray on the spot or make a note to pray later. 

5. On Monday morning, spend some time giving thanks for the opportunity to meet with your congregation. Give thanks specifically for the people who you spoke to the previous day. 

6. Print out a copy of each of Paul’s prayers recorded in the New Testament and leave in your Bible. Each time you come to pray for your congregation, choose one of these prayers and use it to pray for those in your congregation. You may need to change some of the words for the prayer to make sense (e.g. change ‘you’ to ‘we’ or ‘us’)

7. Choose a particular ministry and commit to being a prayer supporter (e.g. Scripture, Kids Plus, Jitterbugz etc.) Ask the coordinator of that ministry for some specific prayer points then start praying!
       

Kevin Stepniewski

Weekly SNAC, 24 June 2018 - Serving on a Sunday

Many of our Gospel Teams have this week been thinking through the third prong of our SNAC vision which is ‘serving together’. Jesus himself came to serve and not to be served, giving his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). In response, his followers are called to serve one another. Our Gospel Teams got very practical about what this looks like over the past week. Many of our Gospel Teams have this week been thinking through the third prong of our SNAC vision which is ‘serving together’. Jesus himself came to serve and not to be served, giving his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). In response, his followers are called to serve one another. Our Gospel Teams got very practical about what this looks like over the past week. 

There are lots of ways Christians can serve together but I thought I would focus in upon ten ways to serve on a Sunday that aren’t on your typical church roster. So here we go:

1. Come to church with the expectation of serving others. A church is the gathering of Christ’s people. We come together to build one another up in Jesus through the Word, prayer and fellowship. When we gather we all have a part to play in building up our local body of Christ (Ephesians 4). So come to church ready to do that! 

2. Pray for the Sunday meeting before you go along. Ask God to build up his people on that particular day. Pray for all the elements of the service and that each part would contribute to growing your brothers and sisters in Christ and glorifying God.

3. Cultivate a love for going to church. If we think of church as an obligation it is 100% certain to feel that way every time we go. Instead, be the person who is excited for the next gathering of God’s people. Be the person looking forward to serving and encouraging others and who serves their church by cultivating a love for church that is catching.

4. Turn up early. Leave late. The best way to get to know people and to have opportunities to serve them is to be available! Plan to be at church well before it starts and to leave well after it ends so that you can spend that time serving people. Often new visitors come early so you can chat to them before church and church members stay late so you can chat to them after as well!

5. Sit with someone you don’t know well. We humans are such creatures of habit that we can find ourselves always sitting in the same seat with the same people around us each week. Why not try sitting somewhere completely different? Pick someone you don’t know very well and take the chance to meet and encourage them!

6. Look out for visitors. It’s great to be able to catch up with friends at church. It’s also great that Christ gave us church for Christians. However, we are not a ‘closed’ community but we are always to welcome in new people to our church family. Sometimes that simply means deciding to say hello to someone you don’t know before catching up with those you do. If you follow point 4 there will be time for both things!

7. Listen to the sermon. We all know the temptation when the preacher gets up to speak, to think – great, I have 25 minutes to write my shopping list; or plan my afternoon; or go on a brain snooze. Instead, be ready to hear from God’s Word; listen to the challenges and evaluate what is being said against the Scriptures. You’d be surprised how easy it is for a preacher to tell who is engaged and who is not!

8. Talk about the sermon afterwards (Requires 4 & 7). Find at least one person after church to talk to about what in God’s Word encouraged you. 

9. If you see something that needs doing, do it! Just because you aren’t the rostered welcomer or dish washer doesn’t mean you can’t do the job. Jump in and help out! Ask those who are doing things if they need a hand. Like in a family, many hands make light work.

10. Make a post-church plan. Church life doesn’t end as you drive out of the parking lot. As you leave church make a mental note or jot down in your diary something you want to do this week to serve your church. Perhaps you want to discuss the sermon applications with someone at church who can keep you accountable. Perhaps there is a person you need to call because they weren’t at church. Perhaps you met a person you didn’t know and so you want to meet them for a coffee. Perhaps it is chatting about church with your household. Whatever it is: go home with a plan for the week having met with your church family that day.

We serve together because Christ first served us. I’ve listed 10 ideas to serve just on a Sunday at church – I’m sure you can come up with many more. I’ll leave it to you!    

Jason Veitch

Weekly SNAC, 17 June 2018 - What does ‘KHC’ stand for?

There are many reasons you would think that KHC stands for ‘Kids Holiday Club’. One obvious reason is that you will find the words ‘Kids Holiday Club’ written on every piece of advertising for KHC. However, I wish to suggest that, contrary to popular opinion, the letter ‘K’ in KHC actually stands for a very unusual word that you’ve probably never heard of. This word is ‘Kidsteensadults’. You wouldn’t have heard of it because it’s a word that was only recently invented. The word means people from every age group. The reason this word was invented is to remind us that KHC involves people of every age group including kids, teenagers and adults. There are many reasons you would think that KHC stands for ‘Kids Holiday Club’. One obvious reason is that you will find the words ‘Kids Holiday Club’ written on every piece of advertising for KHC. However, I wish to suggest that, contrary to popular opinion, the letter ‘K’ in KHC actually stands for a very unusual word that you’ve probably never heard of. This word is ‘Kidsteensadults’. You wouldn’t have heard of it because it’s a word that was only recently invented. The word means people from every age group. The reason this word was invented is to remind us that KHC involves people of every age group including kids, teenagers and adults. 

Of course, it’s easy to see why kids are involved in KHC. They are the ones who enjoy a week of learning about Jesus, games, craft and Star Wars themed fun. However, they are also the ones who invite their friends, welcome kids from our community and share the good news of Jesus over morning tea and in discussion groups. But KHC is not just for kids.

KHC is also a great opportunity for many teenagers in our church to proclaim the gospel, grow as disciples of Jesus and serve together. They set up, clean up, plan and run games, help kids with craft, lead singing, and provide a HUGE amount of energy for the week. It’s also an opportunity for them to lead small groups of kids, teaching them the gospel and modelling what it looks like to follow Jesus. 

KHC is also a great opportunity for adults across our church to serve. From praying to small group leading, cooking to chatting to parents, setting and packing up - there are ways for everyone at SNAC to be involved in KHC. Here are a few different ways suggested by Sarah and the KHC team:              

1. Parents Café
- Each day at KHC as parents sign their kids in they are invited to hang around for a cuppa and some morning tea. 
- We need bakers to provide morning tea before or during the week.
- We need people who are available to help out taking orders and making pod coffee.
- If you are available to do either of these things please contact Heather (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

2. Craft
- Each day our kids take home a themed craft. This is a highlight for many kids! If you’re crafty (or if you can use a pair of scissors) and are happy to help with things before or during the week please contact Carmel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

3. Design
- Each year we transform the church to fit the theme (Star Wars). If you’re interested in designing or constructing some of the decorations then please contact Avril (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
- We could also use extra help on Set Up Day (Monday July 16th) so if you’re free please let Avril know.

4. Kitchen
- Each day at KHC we provide morning tea for over 200 kids and leaders. This is a mammoth task and we need people who can help in the kitchen each morning at KHC.
- Or if you can’t be there the week of perhaps you could pre-cook food for the week? If you’d like to help contact Carmel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

5. Family Evangelism
- Each year at KHC over 100 families come onto our church site. This is a fantastic opportunity to build connections, welcome them warmly and share the gospel.
- Whether you have non-Christian friends coming along to KHC this year or not we would like to invite your family to come and think about how to make the most of the opportunity for evangelism through KHC. We will share ideas, afternoon tea and pray together. 
- The family evangelism training will be on Sunday 8th July at 2:30-4pm at St James Carlton (Cnr Henry & Percival Sts Carlton)
- If you’d like to be involved in this training please contact Jana (0414 248 887 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
- This year, we’re also setting up a whatsapp group where people can share encouragements and prayer points for KHC. If you’re interested in joining the group, please contact Jana. 

So next time you see the letters KHC … you just need to think … ah they’re talking about Kidsteensadults Holiday Club.

Kevin Stepniewski